Jade Nicholson

Director, Teacher & Performer

With a degree in Sport Coaching and Administration (dance major), Jade developed FunFit Junior Fitness in 2001 with the aim of teaching movement-to-music classes to school children to encourage participation in physical activity.

Throughout her 3 years of contemporary dance at Deakin University, Jade trained in various forms of movement including hip-hop dance, breakdance, capoeira, belly dance, circus skills, yoga and taekwondo.

In addition to her coaching degree, Jade is a qualified yoga teacher, zumba™ teacher, level 2 strength and conditioning coach, level 1 gymnastics coach and level 1 sport aerobics coach. Jade participated in Sport Aerobics competitions in her youth, reaching state championship level and went on to train many young athletes in this sport. Now her main passions are yoga, dance and hula hooping and she practices these daily and also performs her solo hula hoop show at festivals both in Australia and internationally.

Jade is also passionate about teaching underprivileged children and traveled overseas several times throughout 2006-2011 to voluntarily teach dance, circus and yoga to impoverished children in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia and India. She has been teaching her many skills to children for 15 years and loves sharing her skills and watching her students shine as they make small achievements.... or big ones!

Jade trains her FunFit teachers to focus their classes on fun, not just performance outcomes and to encourage children to explore their creativity and develop their skills, whilst maintaining a safe and supportive environment.

Peter Sette

Breakdancer

Peter Sette has been performing as a dancer since 2000. From watching video clips and growing up with an interest in hip-hop, Peter began to apply his talents through the element of bboying (breakdancing) and other forms of street dances. Starting regular lessons in the year 2003 with various artists of the Wicked Force Breakers, he intensified his training and ambition in hip-hop dance and bboying through a lot of inspiration. He now teaches regular classes for children and youth and loves sharing his skills and knowledge of street dance.

Jaala Donnolley

Circus Teacher & Performer

In her early years, Jaala spent six years training and teaching with the Flying Fruit Flies circus in Albury. Her skills include tumbling, acrobalance, contortionism, hula hoops, fire twirling, dance and drama.

Jaala performs as part of a stilt/acrobat duo “Empyrean”, impressing audiences at festivals, parades and corporate events.

She currently teaches drama, circus and dance workshops in schools and at festivals as well as working with children in a play centre and being a fairy for parties and events. Students of all ages love Jaala’s infectious bubbly personality and she has an amazing ability for bringing a fantastic energy into every class she teaches.

Daryl Paulger

Circus Teacher & Stilt Performer

Daryl travelled from New Zealand to the Caribbean in 2000 looking for a new career opportunity. There he joined a group for Trinadad Carnival where he saw some stilt walkers and started dream of being a stilt walker. Upon returning to New Zealand he built stilts, made his first costume & underwent intensive training for stilt walking, poi, devil sticks and theatrical movement. Daryl performed at many festivals in NZ before moving to Australia in 2001 when he also began teaching his newly learnt circus skills, along with stilt performing all over the country. His personal highlight is teaching & performing for 5 years at CROC Festival Australia, Indigenous Festivals of Australia, where he gets to connect & share with so many amazing kids from extremely remote areas of Australia. The always love it when they see Daryl is back to teach them again!
Daryl is now a professional stilt walker of more than 15 years, even performing with fire on stilts. He loves teaching circus fun to the young, the old, and those in between!

Alice Robinson

Clown & Circus Teacher

Currently studying creative arts therapy, Alice is an experienced teacher and performer of circus skills, movement and contact improvisation. She specialises in clowning, juggling, hula hooping, fire twirling and acrobalance. She has performed and taught workshops at music/arts festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Yepoon Arts Festival and WA Circus Festival. Alice has even taken her skills overseas and performed at International festivals including the Hungarian Juggling Convention.
She has worked with students of all ages, both with her circus and dance teaching and also leading groups in outdoor recreation. One of Alice’s most rewarding experiences was working as a youth worker in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, creating and facilitating circus, art and recreation programs.
More recently Alice has co-devised and performed a kids comedy show called “Time Out” which received critical acclaim at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Alice is a zany teacher with lots of energy, making her a perfect circus teacher who will always get her classes giggling!

Rebecca March

Teacher: Martial Arts (Capoeira)

A gymnast and dancer in her youth, Rebecca has spent over two decades learning, teaching and studying capoeira, dance and other movement arts in Australia, Brazil and throughout Africa. Her focus has been on channeling the creative power of global movement arts to encourage positive youth and community development.
Rebecca has worked with children and young adults all her life. She loves the energy that is shared when kids feel inspired. As well as Capoeira, Rebecca teaches Gymnastics, African Dance, Acro Yoga and Hip Hop.
Rebecca spent six years as a Youth Worker and Team Leader at the Fitzroy Adventure Playground (Cubbies), where she worked directly with children and teens from diverse communities.
In 2009, Rebecca facilitated capoeira workshops with young people in Uganda, East Africa. This experience inspired her to develop and coordinate the Cubbies Capoeira Project (CCP). Engaging African and other diverse communities for over four years, CCP provided over 300 hours of free capoeira training, excursions and performances, introducing the art form to hundreds of CaLD youths, their families and communities around metropolitan Melbourne. Rebecca has led CCP performances as part of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s VIVA Victoria and the Buddha’s Day Multicultural Festivals at Federation Square, Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV’s) Black Harmony Gathering, MAV’s Emerge festivals in Fitzroy and Ararat and the Fitzroy Markets.
Rebecca is now completing her PhD researching the subcultures of capoeira and West African dance in Australia.

Shane Marshall

Breakdancer

Shane began Breakdancing in late 2005 and quickly went on to win many competitions and perform in venues all over Victoria. He has created a strong impact in the Australia Hip-Hop and Breaking scene and started teaching in 2007. Over his 11 years of dancing and 10 years of teaching, Shane has become a member of several different break crews including his latest FUN crew. With FUN crew Shane has travelled to Japan and Singapore and around Australia competing in (and winning!) some of the biggest competitions around. Some highlights include Space Jam 2014 (Winner), Breakin Okayama 3on3 2013, Japan (2nd place) and Deviate 2012 Victorian Championship (Winner).
Shane has represented many dance companies in Melbourne, teaching and performing at a variety of events, from schools to weddings. In 2010 Shane travelled around Victoria as a performer with Silvers Circus, but has decided to settle in Melbourne to focus on his teaching career and to work more with his dance crew. Shane has also trained in Hip-Hop, Locking and Popping, Latin dance, Acrobatics and Martial Arts, but his main love is still Breaking. One of Shane’s greatest passions is teaching kids and spreading his own passion to others. His goal as a dancer is to travel the world and help his crew make a name for themselves outside of Australia.

Anna Kallstrom

Dancer & Dance Teacher

A graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in WA (WAAPA), Anna is a professional dance artist based in Melbourne. She has just finished dancing with Creative Behaviours Dance Collective, where she had the opportunity to perform in the ‘Wearable Art’ Festival, in Perth. Other recent credits include dancing in the ‘Gangs of Fools’ film clip by The Evening Cast, receiving funding for a project premiered at the ‘CRACK’ festival in Newcastle and touring twice to Perth to perform at the annual Stretch Festival. In 2013 as part of LINK Dance Company, Anna toured to Europe, performing in France and the Netherlands as well as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth back home, in works by Rachel Ogle, Kynan Hughes and Alessio Silvestrin. Anna is currently training with Lion Heart Dance Company as well as pursuing her own interests in dance and dance performance.
Anna teaches a range of dance styles for FunFit, particularly hip-hop dance and creative dance.

Catalina Gonzalez

Teacher: Zumba

Catalina is from Colombia and she’s been dancing all her life. She has over 10 years training and experience in traditional Colombian dancing and has been teaching Latin dancing for 9 years. This includes salsa, rumba, chacha and samba. She then expanded her movement repertoire with the highly energised dance/aerobic Zumba and has been a Zumba fitness instructor and entertainer for 8 years. Catalina is very passionate about sharing her latin culture, music and dancing with everyone. For her zumba is about having a good time dancing with the best music! Her classes are fun and energetic and most importantly, very inclusive... we are all part of the fun!!!